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Frequently Asked Questions



Questions Frequently Asked by LSE Parents and Guardians

What does my child need for school?

This varies somewhat from class to class. We strongly recommend that each child have a backpack. This keeps hands free for safely climbing stairs and getting on and off the bus. Please check your child’s backpack DAILY for important papers and notices from the school. Please have your child wear or bring sneakers on days he/she has physical education. He/she will also need a smock for art class.


What is the procedure if I drive my child to school while the buses are unloading?

We encourage you to use our school transportation system daily. If you drive your child to school, you will not be allowed to drive into our parking lot between 8:10am and 8:35am. This is when the buses are unloading and it is dangerous to have cars, children and buses all converging at once. A Traffic Safety Aide is on duty beginning at 8:20am to direct traffic and assist your child during bus unloading times. Please pull your car into the drop-off area in front of the school so your child can enter the building through the front doors. If you must walk into the school with your child, please park your car on Lake Street.


What do I do if I bring my child to school after the buses have departed?
Walk with your child into the school through the side entrance and come to the office. Once the office staff knows your child has arrived, we ask that you allow him/her to walk to class independently.


What do I do if I need to pick up my child before dismissal?

Send a note stating the time you will be picking up your child. Come to the office and tell Lynn or Joanne why you are here. They will call the classroom to have your child released. Students leaving school earlier than 2:55p.m. will be called to the office when parents arrive to pick them up. Sign your child out on the sheet on the counter. It is important that all dismissals occur in the office. A teacher cannot dismiss your child.


What do I do if I need to pick up my child at dismissal?

Send a note stating that you will be picking up your child at dismissal. Park along the school side of Lake Street or in the drop off area along the front of the school. Vehicles are not allowed in the side parking lot during dismissal. Enter the building through the front doors and sign your child out. All students being picked up at dismissal are called down to the front hall at 2:55p.m. 


When is a bus pass issued?

A bus pass can be issued when a parent has sent in a signed note requesting alternate transportation arrangements. Please include the person’s name and address. Lastly, explain to your child where he/she is going after school. 


What do I need to do if my child is absent?

Parents are required to call the school (687-2980) to notify us that your child will be absent. Doing so between 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. is helpful since this eliminates the need for us to make calls to confirm your child’s safety.


Does the school have a policy for visitors?

Yes. All parents or other visitors must stop in to the office to sign in and tell Lynn or Joanne where you will be. Every visitor must wear a visitor pass. For the safety of our children, we do not allow anyone in the building without checking in with the office first.


Can parents visit or volunteer in the classrooms?

We encourage parents to volunteer at school. Please call ahead to speak with the teacher to arrange a good time to visit. When you come to school, stop in the office to sign in and take a visitor pass. 


Can my child take medication in school?

Your child can take medication only if the physicians written order and parent’s written request have been given to the nurse. This applies to all prescription and non-prescription drugs (even cough drops)Medication may be brought to school by a parent/guardian or it may be packaged in a plastic bag with the student’s name written on it and given to the student’s bus driver and he/she will deliver it to the school office.

What should I do if my child has a food allergy?

Notify the school nurse. She will notify the teacher and cafeteria staff. Lunch substitutions can be made. A doctor’s note is required.


How much does a student meal cost?

A student lunch costs $2.00, a student breakfast costs $1.35, a carton of white or chocolate milk costs $.50 and snacks/ice cream cost $.75. Money may be put on your child’s account by sending in a check or cash in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name, teacher, purpose and amount. You can pay with a credit card by setting up an account on  This website may also be used to monitor your child’s account balance and usage. Many of our students take advantage of free and reduced meals. Please contact the school for an application.


What happens if my child forgets their lunch?

School lunches may be charged. When 3 charges have accumulated, the cashier will send a notice indicating the amount of charges to the parent/guardian. Please feel free to contact the cafeteria if you have any questions about your child’s lunch fund balance, recent charges or our cafeteria routines.


Does every class have a snack time?

Yes, each classroom sets aside a time for snack. Please send one healthy snack each day. Children may bring drinks from home but no glass, please.


How does the DAY 1 THROUGH 5 SCHEDULE work?

Special classes (i.e. Art, Music, P.E., Library) are scheduled on a day 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.  If, for example, Tuesday is a day 3, Wednesday is a day 4. However, if school is closed on Wednesday due to a snow day or a scheduled day off, Thursday would be day 4. Thus, your child does not miss their specials class due to school being closed that day. This schedule is a bit confusing at first. Every other month, the school sends home a calendar that indicates the number for each day.


When weather is bad, does the school close early?

Emergency early dismissals are rare. If one occurs, it will be announced on the radio and television.


Does Lake Street School have a newsletter?

Yes.  The “Prime Times” is published every other month.


How do I find out about school events?

PTA Meetings, Open House and Family Fun Nights are listed on the LSE Calendar page on Lake Street’s website as they become available. They will also be sent home via the school newsletter (Prime Times) as well as the district newsletter (‘neath the Red and Black).


We’re going away on a trip.  What do I need to do?

Check with your child’s teacher to discuss the work your child will miss. Your child may be eligible to receive attendance credit while on the trip so please ask for an Educational Trip Form. Forms are also located on Lake Street’s website.


Does my child need a physical?

NYS requires a physical for students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. They are administered by the school physician. You may choose to have your doctor do the physical. A form is available from the nurse or you may print one from Lake Street’s website. For information about immunization requirements and infectious diseases, please call our school nurse.


Can parents request teachers?

Rather than requesting specific teachers, we encourage parents to provide information about their children that assist us in knowing their needs. This helps us sort though the variety of factors that go into scheduling students and placing them into classes.


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